For the second week running the Ladies 1s were away on the south coast. This time a visit to Trojans down at Eastliegh. We went into the game buoyed by recent strong performances. For some it had been a little eventful in getting to the game with a Harriet’s car breaking down! However that was soon forgotten and everyone got focused on the game...
The team started well and took the game to Trojans and the first attack on goal forced a penalty corner. At that point the first three choices of injectors were all off the pitch (the fourth not even in the squad). Just to show how versatile the team is, Hannah stepped up and pushed one cleverly to the left hand side of the D for Alice O’H to strike at goal. This was saved, but Guildford kept the pressure on and from open play Kerry scored to give Guildford a 0-1 lead.
From the restart Guildford kept attacking and on one attack up the left Sinead took the ball into the D and found a Trojan foot. The ensuing penalty corner was again injected by Hannah, again to the left and Alice O’H hit the ball at goal and scored deflecting off a Trojan stick! This took the score to 0-2 to Guildford.
The game continued at a pace with both sides attacking quickly having to defend. Holly in goal made some great saves, just for Guildford to make fast counter attacks. This continued for the remainder of the half.
The second half started at the same pace as the first, but Trojans had the upper hand and it was not long before they scored to bring the game to 1-2. They were making life harder for Guildford marking the mid field very well and Guildford struggled to be as decisive as they were in the first half. Unfortunately Trojans capitalized on another attack and brought the scores level.
Guildford dug in and both sides had opportunities and fought hard. In the last 10 minutes Trojans made the most of a tiring Guildford team and scored what was a scrappy goal to take a 3-2 lead. Guildford did come back fighting looking for the equalizer, but the last attack of the game Trojans sneaked another goal to win 4-2.
By Trojans own admission the score did not reflect the game and they saw themselves as being lucky to win the game, but they did work well to keep Guildford pinned down. The left and right midfielders, Alice and Hannah both had particularly tough games and being the youngest players in the team acquitted themselves really well. Hetti was man of the match having been really decisive in the middle and having created many of the fast breaks that Guildford made.
This coming Saturday is a home game against the League leaders and local rivals Surbiton – Should be a good game!!